DSS-GB 2nd Overall at World Championships

What a fantastic week of competition at the 9th DSISO Down Syndrome World Swimming Championships in Nova Scotia, Canada.

DSS-GB were second overall behind Australia after a hard-fought week. Competition in all categories – T21, Mosaic, Open, Juniors and Masters  – was intense and team spirit was really high. DSS-GB’s Ellen Stephenson was Top Female Mosaic Swimmer, Mark Evens was 3rd T21 Male and, despite being in the Junior category, Harvey Stonebank still managed to achieve 3rd Mosaic Male. The DSS-GB coaches and supporters relay team even won gold!

Ably assisted by the poolside team, all DSS-GB swimmers achieved personal bests with Harvey breaking an Open Mosaic World Record and Ellen breaking 4!

There is loads more information about the team and what they have been up to on our Facebook page.

When they weren’t in the pool, the team had the most amazing week of fun and friendship exploring Canada and meeting people from all over the world.

The team to representing Great Britain can be read in full on our News page. There is also a statement clarifying the circumstances behind some recent social media activity.

DSS-GB will continue to lobby for inclusion of our swimmers at the Tokyo games and if you’d like to help you can sign this petition.

DSSF Europeans Southampton

What a fabulous weekend of swimming at the Down Syndrome Swimming Federation European Down Syndrome Open Swimming Competition held at The Quays Southampton.

Junior, Open and Masters World records tumbled and PBs were smashed as the swimmers capitalised on all the extra training they have been doing in preparation for the World Championships in Canada this summer.

34 swimmers from DSS-GB took part, ranging in age from only-just-teenagers to Masters swimmers in their mid-thirties.

It was a weekend of fun and friendship too. The two-day competition allows plenty of time for the swimmers to socialise and make friends both with their teammates and swimmers from across Europe.

We are always on the lookout for talented swimmers to come and join the squad. There are minimum qualifying standards for international competition which can be seen here. If you can swim at or close to these times and have either T21 or Mosaic Down syndrome and would like to get involved, please email membership@dss-gb.org.


DSS-GB are the European Champions

At the end of a fabulous week of competition in Paris at the 4th DSISO European and Open Swimming Championships, the 30 swimmers from DSS-GB were crowned champions!

Not only that, Billy Birchmore was the top T21 male swimmer and Ellen Stephenson was the top female mosaic swimmer. Quite a haul of trophies to bring home. For a full rundown of the swimmers’ awards, take a look at our News page.

The swimmers, coaches, chaperones and families enjoyed a week of ferocious competition resulting in GBR topping the medals table. God Save the Queen was sung frequently and with great gusto by swimmers and supporters alike. World records tumbled and PBs were smashed. When not competing, time was spent cementing friendships old and new.

A hugely enjoyable and successful week was had by all.

For more details of the competition, please take a look at our blog.

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